On the Agenda
The proposed Housing for Everyone (Plan Change 9) to enable greater housing choice and supply in Rotorua will be open to public feedback later this month if notification and consultation is approved by Council this week.
The Full Council will consider recommendations related to the Plan Change at its meeting on Thursday (4 August 2022).
Amendments to the current Rotorua District Plan are considered necessary to help address the local housing shortage and meet increasing demand for smaller, more affordable housing in areas with good access to jobs, public transport, amenities and community facilities.
Notifying the Plan Change, which is planned for 20 August, will give immediate effect to Rotorua’s inclusion in the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021 – which includes the Medium Density Residential Standards that will enable greater housing intensification than is allowed under the current District Plan.
The Plan Change will also give effect to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD).
The RMA and NPS-related changes are requirements under these pieces of legislation and must be notified by no later than 20 August 2022.
Feedback will be sought on additional proposed changes to the Rotorua District Plan which include amendments to the rules for papakāinga to permit more papakāinga and kaumātua housing to be developed.
A draft design guide for residential intensification has also been developed to assist developers and landowners.
To read the full report on this matter go to p13 of the meeting agenda
Other related documents can be found HERE on Council’s website.
Also on the agenda . . .
Recommendation to make temporary alcohol ban permanent
The Council will also be asked to approve public consultation on a recommendation to make the currently Temporary Alcohol Ban (Ban) for Rotorua Community Youth Centre Reserve, Marist St Michaels Sports Park Reserve, Shambles Theatre Reserve and Lots that sit adjacent to these reserves, permanent.
The temporary ban was put into place in February 2021 for 12 months to “trial” the alcohol ban to best inform a way forward. This trial period was extended by another 12 months through the reinstatement of the temporary ban, which will lapse on 27 February 2023.
Consultation is proposed to start 12 September and close 17 October 2022. Hearings would then be held in November 2022 with deliberations and a decision expected in December.
This will provide enough time to revoke the temporary ban and instate the new permanent areas before 27 February 2023, a report to the committee notes.
To read the full report on this matter go to p6 of the meeting agenda.
Read the Statement of Proposal that will form the basis of consultation HERE on Council’s website.
Operations & Monitoring Committee agenda
Thursday’s Full Council meeting will follow a meeting of the Operations & Monitoring Committee which will consider the financial report for the 12 months to the end of 30 June, operational updates and the proposed sale of land on Clayton Road that is surplus to council’s requirements.
Go to p10 of the meeting agenda to read the financial report
Go to p68 of the meeting agenda to read the report on the proposed disposal of excess land on Clayton Road.
Go to p14 of the meeting agenda to read the Operational Report which provides updates on services, work programmes and projects from across the council organisation.